Thursday, November 22, 2012

Former Japanese PM Back On the Soap Box With No Nukes Message

OK, the title is inaccurate.
It's a beer crate

Ahead of election, hard times for DPJ grandee Kan: The Asahi Shimbun
From source Article
As the ruling Democratic Party of Japan comes to terms with the departure of Yukio Hatoyama, a former prime minister who is retiring from politics, another former leader is looking sidelined by the party on account of his absolutist no-nuclear agenda.
Naoto Kan, who, like Hatoyama, is a DPJ co-founder, has been calling for the abolition of nuclear power as he campaigns ahead of the Dec. 16 Lower House election.
But he has been forced to fight that battle alone after the DPJ leadership denied him permission to speak on the party's behalf.
Kan was prime minister when reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant went into meltdown following last year's earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Early on Nov. 21, Kan was seen addressing commuters from a beer crate with a banner reading "Zero nuclear power," in front of the JR Mitaka Station in Tokyo's Musashino city.
He spoke for 90 minutes, but few few passers-by bothered to stop and listen to what he had to say.

The DPJ is expected to lose the next election to the Liberal Democratic Party, which dominated the lower house of government for most of the past half century.
The LDP reportedly "advocates further debate before setting a new nuclear energy policy for Japan."

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